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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814500221

The GT430, PCI version! I was really surprised that they still make cards for the regular PCI slot.

Does anyone think that I can use this card in an old Dell Dimension 3000 for some mid level gaming? Mainly Source games? Will their be bottle-necking?

Dell Dimension 3000 specs:
P4 @ 2.8GHz
2GB PC2700 RAM
160GB HDD 7200rpm
WinXP Pro SP3
Currently using a Nvidia 8400GS w/512mb DDR2 and its alright...
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post #2 of 9
It's not going to be much better than the 8400gs. Sorry.
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Sure there will be bottle-necking, but the gt430 will give you new features/capabilities. Though some features (like Directx 11) will be limited by your operating system (XP pro is limited to Directx 9 I think).
You'll have to decide for yourself if the features justify the price.
I was sure surprised how much my agp 4670 increased performance over my old agp 7800GS KO ACS3, and I'm only at agp4x.
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It will be faster. But then again, it's still PCI, and it's still a P4 I have a 128Mb 8400GS that plays games just fine at the lowest settings, but anything more than that won't matter; it will be held back.
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It'll work, and I'd imagine the perf will be noticeably better than an 8400GS. I take it that the board in that PC doesn't even have AGP? Because if it does, I'd be inclined to try to find an AGP card rather than a PCI. PCI bandwidth is WAY low.

I have to admit to being rather shocked that they make a GT430 in PCI format ...
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sadly, my board doesn't have anything other than PCI slots. The odd thing about my board is that it looks like there was a place on the board next to the PCI slots where an AGP slot would be, but it looks as though someone in the factory took it out last minute...
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From my limited experience with a 8400GS PCI I have, I felt I was limited by the PCI bus. I really think anything much faster than an 8400 on PCI is going to be like putting roller skate wheels on a corvette. I read in a review that they intentionally gimped some of the 8400GS PCI models, because it couldn't keep up anyway.

I could be wrong. I am just saying, don't expect anything major out of that upgrade. On paper it looks good, but I don't think it will be worth the cost.
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I think it would be stupid to buy this card for that price cause you can get a older generation card for allot less. You can get a 8600GT for $40 or less new and it will out perform a 430. If you buy it used you can get a 9800GT for around $40.

430 will run crysis at low settings
I know for a fact that 8600gt can run crysis at 30FPS in medium settings.
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Wait... the 8600GT and the 9800GT cards came in PCI? What?
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